Saturday, September 24, 2011

Jesus and Obama? Again?

I realize I may be doing a bit of troll-feeding here, but I saw this image on a friend's Facebook page, and just couldn't resist the challenge. This is a sign from an anti-Tea Party rally. I believe that I can prove every point on this sign to be wrong, for both Jesus and Obama. As a disclaimer, I am not an official member of any Tea Party organization, but I have attended several Tea Party events, and I do consider myself to be a supporter of Tea Party values.


Just for fun, I'll go in reverse order:


Free Healthcare?
  • Healthcare is provided by doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, who diagnose your illness, and  take care of you while you get better, or until you die, whichever comes first. Depending on how sick you are, this can be very expensive.
  • Jesus never offered healthcare. He offers healing. Jesus's healing is this: "The blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me." (Matthew 11:5-6)
  • Jesus doesn't give His healing away for free, either. First, He requires faith (Matthew 9:22). Then, He expects you to surrender your entire self. (Matthew 10:38.)
  • Obama is not offering to take care of you, either. He's offering to take away responsibility for the costs and decisions of your healthcare.
  • Obama's "healthcare" isn't free, either. When the government takes the responsibility for your costs and decisions, you lose the power you have when you shoulder those costs and decisions yourself. You lose control over when, where, and how you receive treatment. As Herman Cain recently pointed out, this can cost you your life. Not so free now, is it? Oh, and by the way... We still have to pay for it, only in taxes instead of direct costs.
Socialist?
  • Socialists do like to claim Jesus as one of their own. After all, he told a rich man to sell all he had and give it to the poor. (Matthew 19:21) But he also preached a parable which told people, be content with what you have, and don't begrudge others what they have, even if it doesn't seem "fair" to you. (Matthew 20)
  • Sure, Obama's pushed for ever-increasing government control over major American companies and industries. Sure, he thinks the wealth needs to be spread around. On the other hand, the Democratic Socialists of America say that Obama is not a socialist. So that settles it, right?
Anti-war?
  • I'll switch modes here, and touch on Obama first. Sure, it can be tough to read his war record when it comes to Afghanistan. (Link leads to Huffington Post video at RedState.com, how bipartisan is that?) But then, his record has been very clear that he supports the war in Libya. Except, he says we're not at war, because otherwise he'd have asked Congress for a declaration of war. Good luck figuring that out.
  • Jesus is the Prince of Peace, but His peace is not absence of war. "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." (Matthew 10:34-39)
All that's left is the brown skin. Now, what sort of racist are you, Mr. Anti-Tea Party, to think that Obama's skin color, or Jesus's, should matter to me? My family's skin color runs across the board. I don't give a fig about it.

It's Obama's policies, not his pigmentation, that I oppose. It's Christ's loving self-sacrifice for my salvation, not his skin color, in which I place my hope.